Cheapest Day of Christmas: Third Day, with Three French Hens for $45

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If you were thinking of buying your true love all the gifts from “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” you’d have to fork over $21,465.56. Maybe your love isn’t that “true” and just one day’s presents would suffice? Then go with the Third Day, because three French hens cost $45, the least expensive option in the song.

PNC does an annual Christmas Price Index, tracking the going rates for what a Partridge in a Pear Tree ($159.99) and the rest would run you. Most expensive this year are Nine Ladies Dancing ($5,473.07) followed by Seven Swans-a-Swimming ($5,250), which is actually less expensive than in the early 1990s, when seven swans sold for $7,000.

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